Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi caved to President Donald Trump’s demand on Tuesday night, saying she is ready to push for the $2,000 checks after the president called for an increase of the $600 stimulus check.
“Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks,” Pelosi tweeted, placing the blame on GOP lawmakers. “At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!”
Earlier on Tuesday, Pelosi touted Democrats’ work on getting direct stimulus payments included in the relief bill.
“We also have in the legislation direct payments, which were not in the Republican bill, to America’s working families,” she said.
Both sides initially claimed victory for the passage of the long-awaited relief bill, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) both taking credit.
Schumer expressed his approval over the final bill, despite it lacking the $160 billion in new state and local aid Democrats were previously pushing to be included, among other things.
Following Pelosi’s tweet Tuesday night, Schumer appeared to call on Trump to pass the bill as it stands currently, suggesting Congress could pass further relief funds in a subsequent aid package.
“Trump needs to sign the bill to help people and keep the government open and we’re glad to pass more aid Americans need,” he wrote on Twitter, noting that the Democrats spent “months” trying to get $2,000 stimulus checks included.
Congress passed a $2.3 trillion package to provide long-delayed coronavirus relief and fund the government through October on Monday. Congress voted 92-6 in favor of its passage. President Trump has until Dec. 28 to sign it.